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Title: Healthy Vision


1
  • Healthy Vision
  • in the
  • Workplace
  • Produced by the
  • American Optometric Association

2
Healthy Vision in the Workplace
  • Eye safety statistics
  • Types of eye hazards
  • Types of eye protection

3
Eye Safety Statistics
  • According to the National Institute for
    Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), every day
    nearly 2,000 U.S. workers sustain job-related,
    vision threatening eye injuries that require
    medical attention.

4
Eye Safety Statistics
  • Approximately 60 percent of workers with eye
    injuries in a Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)
    study were not wearing the proper protective
    eyewear at the time of their injury.

5
Types of Eye Hazards
  • Foreign bodies
  • Eye Strain
  • Ultra-violet radiation

6
Foreign Bodies in the Eye
  • The BLS study reported that 94 percent of the eye
    injuries which occurred while a worker was
    wearing protection were caused by sparks, debris
    or chemicals striking the eye from around or
    under the protective shield.

7
Foreign Bodies in the Eye
  • Nearly 70 percent of the eye injuries reported in
    the BLS study came from flying debris, sparks and
    small objects striking the eye.
  • Most of the objects were smaller than a pin head.

8
Protective Eyewear
  • Protective eyewear needs to be properly fitted to
    be effective.
  • Training employees on the proper use of
    protective eyewear can reduce workplace eye
    injuries.

9
Protective Eyewear
  • Safety Glasses
  • Goggles
  • Face Shields and Helmets

10
Safety Glasses
  • Safety glasses may look like normal eyewear,
    however they are designed to provide much more
    protection.

11
Safety Glasses
  • Lenses and frames are much stronger than regular
    glasses and are constructed to prevent the lenses
    from shattering or being pushed toward the eyes.

12
Safety Glasses
  • Those working in an area that have the danger of
    small particles, flying objects or dust should
    have the wraparound-style of safety glasses or
    use side shields.

13
Goggles
  • Goggles with polycarbonate or Trivex lenses are
    highly impact resistant and provide protection
    from dust and chemical splashes.

14
Goggles
  • They cover a large area around the eyes and
    protect against hazards from any direction.
  • Goggles can be worn over prescription glasses and
    contact lenses.

15
Face Shields Helmets
  • These secondary protectors do not provide
    adequate protection alone and should always be
    used with primary eye protection devices such as
    safety glasses and goggles.

16
Eye Safety in the Workplace
  • Employers are required by the Occupational Safety
    and Health Administration (OSHA) to provide face
    and eye protection to workers at risk for
    job-related eye injuries.

17
Eye Strain
  • Eye strain is the most common eye problem for
    those who use computers frequently at work.

18
Eye Strain
  • Computer use requires specific vision skills that
    require additional demands on the visual system
    and contribute to eye and vision discomfort.

19
Eye Strain
  • Ocular motility
  • Accommodation
  • Vergence

20
Eye Strain
  • Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS) is the complex of
    eye vision problems related to near work that are
    experienced during or related to computer use.

21
Eye Strain Hand-held Devices
  • The use of hand-held devices such as smart
    phones and PDAs can also cause eye strain.

22
Eye Strain Hand-held Devices
  • Prolonged usage of these devices may lead to a
    host of issues
  • Eyestrain
  • Headaches
  • Burning or tired eyes
  • Loss of focus
  • Blurred or double vision
  • Neck shoulder pain

23
Ease the Strain
  • Give it a rest
  • Size up
  • Sharpen up
  • Reduce glare

24
Ease the Strain
  • Look down
  • Think blink
  • Diet and nutrition

25
Ultra-Violet Radiation
  • Exposure to the suns ultra-violet (UV) radiation
    can damage the eyes.

26
Ultra-Violet Radiation
  • Non-solar sources of UV radiation include
  • Arc welding
  • Curing of paints and inks
  • Disinfection of equipment in hospitals and
    laboratories

27
Ultra-Violet Protection
  • Wear protective eyewear any time the eyes are
    exposed to UV rays.
  • Choose quality sunglasses that block out
  • 99 -100 percent of UV radiation and screen out
    75 90 percent of visible light.
  • Clear lenses can be treated with a coating to
    protect eyes from UV.

28
New occupational tasks can result in new vision
needs.
  • A change in ones job tasks may require different
    focusing abilities. This is especially true for
    workers over 40 years old, whose eyes are
    susceptible to presbyopia, a natural loss of
    focusing ability.

29
Eye Safety at Home Play
  • Many people are conditioned to wear protective
    eyewear at work, but forget to wear it at home
    and during recreational activities such as
  • Yard work
  • Hammering
  • Wood working
  • Grinding
  • Playing sports baseball, hockey, golf

30
In Conclusion
  • Eye safety in the workplace is proven to prevent
    loss of vision.
  • To further ensure healthy vision be sure contact
    your optometrist to schedule a comprehensive eye
    exam.

31
  • Questions?

32
  • Thank You!
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